Learning From Those We lead

There were times when I thought I knew it all: fresh out of college with a diploma that said I was educated, reporting for my first assignment with a shiny 2nd Lieutenant gold bar that said I was in charge, or stepping into an HR Director role with years of experience already under my belt.

I thought I knew more than everyone around me.

Photo credit: iStock

Photo credit: iStock

Thankfully, I was smart enough to know better.

Leaders wake up every day and step into a leadership learning lab yet far too many miss the opportunity to learn from others. My leadership training came in different modalities: on-the-job as an officer in the U.S. Army and in the form of classes, seminars, and certifications courses. By far, the most valuable leadership training came from my interactions with those I lead.

Do leaders lead while learning or learn while leading?

Read more at the Lessonly blog.


A Sunday Blast From the Past: Peace Love and Social Media

"We have to stop having this conversation" was the message a friend recently delivered to a room full of HR pros questioning the benefits of social media.

Listen up. Social media is not optional.

Social tools, networks and communities are an integral part human resources. During a recent 15 minute scan of my feed, I came across social media resources as a component of personal branding for HR professionals, collaboration, recruitment and delivery of career resources. And that was just a scan.

Here is a presentation I prepared for our local SHRM chapter last year. Watch it, own it and take a first step. What are you waiting for?